A leading line is a compositional tool in photography that guides our eyes through the frame. A leading line can be achieved by using light, layering, and the position of objects in a photograph to direct our gaze in an organized manner. Photographers want to find these lines naturally in the frame, compose around them,…

Communication is undeniably easier for people today than ever before through smartphones, the internet, and our ability to document the world around us on a moment’s notice. As part of a global photo community, Your Shot photographers have a unique ability to share their lives with each other, through the good and the bad. This…

Photographs have the power to evoke wonder and whimsy in those who view them. This week I found myself enamored with images featuring fun layers, pops of color, and quiet moments that could have easily been overlooked. The Your Shot photographers always show us bits of the world we wouldn’t have seen ourselves each week.…

Photography documents specific moments for generations to come, connecting us all across space and time. It gives us the power to travel through time to see moments that happened yesterday or 50 years ago, when the first person put his foot on the moon. Your Shot photographer Juan Osorio always finds a fun way to…

Honey is one of our earliest sources of sweetness. Depictions of humans gathering honey date back 15,000 years. The word “honey” pops up in the Bible 61 times. Jars of honey were discovered in King Tut’s tomb. In Henry V, written in 1599, Shakespeare pointed out that we have much to learn from the social…

Inspiration can be found anywhere and anytime. It doesn’t always stem from a creative activity, either. Inspiration can strike while you’re watching the World Cup semifinals or in the middle of a task at work. If you don’t write the idea down immediately, you’ll forget it. I’m inspired daily by the Your Shot community in…

We live in a beautifully colorful world. In the past few months, I’ve been paying closer attention to the relationships of color in photography and the tonal range of black-and-white photography. The Your Shot photo community is always serving up stunning imagery that leaves me intrigued, inspired, and—more often than not—with a huge smile on…

Creativity is contagious, and the Your Shot photo community spreads it every day. One of the coolest parts of my job is being able to look at the daily uploads from photographers around the world. Inspiration goes hand in hand with creativity. It’s a huge pleasure to witness ideas spreading among Your Shot photographers as…

Photography, exploration, and soccer aren’t all that different. Hear me out: They all have the power to bring us together under one common passion. Our eyes can be lost in the details of a moment frozen in time from our cameras just as they can be lost in the graceful transitions across a field. This…

The compulsion to make a photograph isn’t as simple as pressing a button. A photographer’s heart and brain work in tandem to expose, compose, and create photographs in practice. I’ve been studying mid-20th-century photographs recently to research for some upcoming Your Shot assignments and relishing in thoughtful compositions that make me stop and examine the…